There is of course nothing wrong with the SON wheel or light set up and if anything they are very convenient. The words fit and forget spring to mind. I do however have a few niggles with this setup.
The first is that that the wire bracket supporting the front light frequently snaps. I have gone through loads of them on this bike and my former P-type that had the same light. It got so bad that I actually carried a spare wire bracket with me just in case! I know a few other Brompton friends that this has happened to and I don't know whether it is just me or the type of adventures I embark upon but the problem is there.
Fed up with this I replaced it with a much stronger one that eradicated this problem but created another. With this new, stronger bracket I could not use the front carrier block with a bag attached as the light would rub against it. The trouble is I do want to use a front bag now and then rather than a saddle bag.
The light output for the front and rear lights is pretty good and the fact you don't need to think about batteries or charging your lights is a bonus. For me - others may disagree - they are not good enough on their own for the sort of riding I like to do, which are night rides to the coast. On these I put my faith in a good battery light to illuminate the path ahead.
So, what am I going to do. Well, I want the front carrier block on this bike again. I think I might try out the wire bracket and see how things go. If it snaps again in the near future I think I may well swap the wheel over and take the dynamo lights off. Watch this space.
Stay safe out there people!!
Interesting to hear this since I was only the other day thinking about adding a dynamo wheel and light to my Bromton... But I do use the front bag almost all the time when commuting and quite often on other rides - for examle I find it convenient to carry my camera (medium format film beast, not a pocketable compact) with all the paraphernalia...ReplyDelete
I have dynamo wheel and light and use front bag every ride and have 0 issue. And my roads are not good at allReplyDelete
What sort of light do you have Luc? I have't had any issues with the one on my Flame Lacquer - which is a lot lighter than my Edulux II. I suspect the slightly heavier light on that bracket is the issue.Delete